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Zicam, produced by Matrixx (formerly known as Gumtech) states that the time-span of the common cold can be reduced by 3x by way of intranasal administration of zinc gluconate.  The downfall is that Zicam has been assumed to cause Anosmia, a loss of smell and taste.  The lost sense of smell and the lost sense of taste severely hinder an individual's life style and put them in needless danger.  The publics outrage at the side effect of the Zicam drug stems from the reality that the Matrixx company confessed to not performing a significant amount of testing prior to the circulation of the mediction, and the company did not provide any warning on the Zicam drug bottle or packaging that would draw significant attention or accurately inform the consumer. 

Researchers reviewed medical records for the past twenty years and discovered that there were several important danger areas:

  • Cooking-related accidents
  • Exposure to an undetected fire or gas* leak
  • Eating or drinking spoiled foods or toxic substances by individuals with this sensory impairment

The most commonly accounted events were cooking related (47%) followed by eating or drinking spoiled or toxic substances (25%), undetected gas leaks (23%), or fires (7%).   Individuals that have smell loss or impairment do not realize it. Loss of smell is brought on by damage to the fragile olfactory nerves at the base of the brain or when other smell receptor sites become damaged. Head trauma, chronic sinusitis, viral infections, nasal obstructions, some drugs, and even aging can cause this loss. In many cases, olfactory function never returns. Sometimes, the sense of smell returns, but signals going to the brain may be altered. These modifications may cause distortions and make pleasurable, familiar smells become odd or extremely unpleasant. Olfactory loss also affects the ability to enjoy food, which can have a negative effect on nutrition.

One can clearly see the damages that this medication can cause and it is easy to note of the impaired quality of life that comes with the even one time use of Zicam.